Testimonial for Leah Kohlstrom, CBD, CCBE. CLC

When preparing for the birth of our first baby, I found Leah on doulamatch (!) and then learned from a few friends that Leah had assisted at their births too, so I felt confident in reaching out to her. I took birthing and breastfeeding classes offered through our local hospital, read some books, and of course heard loads of stories of birth experiences. All of that gave me a practical understanding of birth but also affirmed that I could neither predict nor control much of anything about my own experience, and that I would be grateful to have a steady, confident, skilled doula by my side, whatever happened. Leah's visits with me and my husband throughout the pregnancy were almost as invaluable as her time spent at the birth itself -- she listened deeply, helped us think about our preferences and plan for what to bring to the hospital, and also shared some useful resources along the way that were relevant to my pregnancy and our family. Her check-ins over text and email were so grounding and cheered me up when I was struggling with physical discomfort or anxiety about what was ahead. When I went into labor, Leah was steadily communicative, validating my experience and reminding me of my own strength. She arrived at the hospital when we needed her and jumped right into supporting me (and my husband!) physically, emotionally, and mentally. She helped me breathe through contractions, consider pain management options, get (more) comfortable, and perhaps most importantly to me, she affirmed that I was working hard and well. She seamlessly supported the birthing process alongside the nurses and midwives, allowing the team to do their work and stepping in where useful. After the birth, she stayed alongside for long enough to support breastfeeding, visited us at home some days after, and kept checking in over those first vulnerable weeks. My baby is nearly ten months old now and I am so very grateful to Leah for helping us bring her here! 

-Laura S

January 29, 2024

a photo from Leah Kohlstrom, CBD, CCBE. CLC

Birth Fee: $900

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $40

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Updated 3/28/2024

Birth Fee: $900

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $40

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Updated 3/28/2024

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